A legal group that defends religious liberty is hoping an airport employee's lawsuit will land before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Susan Abeles, a 26-year employee of the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, has taken time off work each year to celebrate Passover but found herself in trouble in 2013 after she returned to work.
"But when she came back," says Becket attorney Daniel Benson, "they accused her of having not followed the technicalities of the procedure and forced her out of her job essentially for practicing her Orthodox Jewish faith."
Abeles was forced to retire. She sued her former employer under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act while the MWAA claims it's exempt from the federal law.
"Which is just an astounding position," says the Becket attorney. "That a government agency would take the position that it was essentially exempt from religious freedom protection."
Yet the federal law clearly shows no exemption for the government, claims Becket, which is why it's asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Abeles v. Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority.
Becket has filed a friend of the court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the justices to hear her case.
Abeles is represented by the Lewin and Lewin law firm.